small community issues

#81
Ayuh, "dance host" seems like an improvement. :cool:
Dance host is probably the best term but it sounds very much like a euphomism [aside: a euphomism or an euphomism - the former seems better - where are the grammar police when you need them...]. Its a verbal quagmire. As soon as you have young men, favors and possibly payment in any phrase or word, there is an immediate mental link to sexual antics of some sort.
 

bordertangoman

Well-Known Member
#83
Euphonium: a brass instrument smaller than but resembling a tuba and having a range from B flat below the bass staff upward for three octaves

w w w.merriam-webster.com/art/dict/euphoniu.htm for a pic
 

DancePoet

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#90
Dance host is probably the best term but it sounds very much like a euphomism [aside: a euphomism or an euphomism - the former seems better - where are the grammar police when you need them...]. Its a verbal quagmire. As soon as you have young men, favors and possibly payment in any phrase or word, there is an immediate mental link to sexual antics of some sort.
This isn't the approach used in my area at all. A dance host doesn't need to be young, and the dance hosts are permited into a dance complimentary by the organizer in return for being certain to ask the various ladies without dance partners to dance. It is done quite honorably wiht everyone undertsanding what is happening. :cool:
 
#91
I'm sure that is correct - and I have seen teh same term used. However, if you asked someone that was not in the dance field what it meant I can bet an alternative interpretation would cross their minds.
 

tsb

Well-Known Member
#92
"taxi dancers to keep the ladies happy and to encourage beginner leaders to keep coming back. Have any of you lot heard of this being tried and did it make a difference."

I know of at least one town (which shall remain nameless) where the organizers adress this need by having men show up specifically to provide partners where men are in short supply. It's all done sort of "on the sly". These events have continued to be popular for several years, so I guess it must be working.
To me the term "taxi dancer" implies payment for dance, and the only place I'm sure this goes on is in Buenos Aires, based on my readings. From what I read it is a pretty common thing there.
also for ballroom in japan.

I have thoughts about how most of us think about paying for things with money, which aren't fully formed and which I should proabably keep to myself.
cultural thing. but it's not uncommon for instructors charge by the hour to accompany a private student to a dance.

You would know best whether such an idea would be accepted in your community. But maybe you don't mean "taxi dancer" in that sense.

Cruise lines have "Gentlemen Host" programs. Cruise in return for dancing with the ladies.
pretty nice deal except we're not allowed to accept tips and/or fraternize with passengers - but that doesn't stop some of them from slipping room keys into our pockets!

What can you offer these men? Free lessons? Free admission to the milonga?
i get work as a dance host/escort for dance events, primarily ballroom. market rate here (S. CAL) is $150/1st three hours, new year's eve events pay considerably more, but it's *WORK* - the main goal is generally limiting injury from vulcan death grips, arm-pinning shoulder clamps, and avoiding open flame when partners exhale (we're talking blotto, folks!).

i heartily subscribe to the concept of reaching out and engaging newcomers and beginners - the goodwill generally comes round when said newcomer/beginner eventually becomes a sought after partner and remembers your kindness. but the situation in certain ballroom circles is that the majority of followers simply have not improved appreciably. in these cases like these, just getting in for free just isn't worth it IMO.

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not so long ago, males were relegated to dancing and practicing with each other to get good enough to dance with the women. i love the irony.

but things have changed. the standards of dance etiquette are changing. but as i understand it, etiquette has always been about courteous behavior geared towards the minimizing of giving offense. so IMO, what is most significant is that the consequences of giving offense have changed.

back when the consequences of boorish behavior included a risk of not getting invited to social events, people were more inclined to observe the niceties. nowadays, being a sought after partner pretty much mitigates any potential downside to rude or discourteous behavior.
 

nucat78

Active Member
#93
pretty nice deal except we're not allowed to accept tips and/or fraternize with passengers - but that doesn't stop some of them from slipping room keys into our pockets!
So how do you deal with that? Seriously. Toss the key overboard?

the main goal is generally limiting injury from vulcan death grips, arm-pinning shoulder clamps, and avoiding open flame when partners exhale (we're talking blotto, folks!).
:lol:
 

tsb

Well-Known Member
#96
must have missed that one. can you recycle?

As the belgian hare said, I'm all ears...
it's a thread, years old, probably in the dancers anon. forum - a search on "cross the road" should probably unearth it. rumor has it that thread won some sort of DF award that year.
 

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